Mid-Michigan prepares for more icy weather - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan prepares for more icy weather

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A TV5 Facebook fan posted this photo of an icicle hanging off an area roof. A TV5 Facebook fan posted this photo of an icicle hanging off an area roof.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division encourage Michigan residents to prepare in advance of severe winter weather that's expected to impact the Lower Peninsula this weekend.

The National Weather Service is predicting the possibility of more than a quarter-inch accumulation of freezing rain in an area spanning from southwest Michigan to the Thumb between Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22. 

These conditions may cause power outages and dangerous traveling conditions. Anyone in the path of this weather system is strongly encouraged to make alternative plans in case weather conditions disrupt daily plans.

TV5 talked to one Mid-Michigan resident who was out grocery shopping in case of any power outages this weekend.

"We've got our generator ready, and we'll be prepared if it happens," said the resident.

Some people say they we're thankful for Friday's blast of icy weather. One teacher was thrilled to hear Saginaw schools were closed today. 

"It was like a gift from heaven," said the teacher, who wished to remain unnamed.

Ed Rodarte spent the day working outside on an icy roof. He says the harsh weather didn't stop him from getting the job done.

"It's kinda scary, but now I've been doing it so long it's second nature," said Rodarte.

Motorists should take extra precautions when stopping and driving in winter weather.

Remember to do all of your braking before the turn is made and take proper line of travel through the turn to reduce the potential for a skid to occur. If your vehicle begins to skid, let off the throttle and brakes and use a quick hand-over-hand steering technique to turn the front tires in the direction you want to go.

Safe winter travel tips:

  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip.
  • Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
  • Keep windshield solvent at full strength and make sure the reservoir is full, and keep new wiper blades on front and rear wipers, if so equipped.
  • Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers, and remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and the license plate before driving.
  • Periodically check all lights and replace when necessary.
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle (e.g., a hand-crank flashlight and radio, cell phone charger, windshield scraper, emergency contact list, blanket, "Help" signs, jumper cables, tow strap, fire extinguisher, cat litter or sand for better tire traction, shovels, flares, first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable, high-energy foods).

Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of year, but especially during the winter months. If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

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